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Aston Martin

Aston Martin set eyes on Red Bull quest

The Silverstone-based team is optimistic about catching the runaway F1 leaders.

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Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has insisted "it is possible" to catch Red Bull in the next 12 months.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been dominant in F1 since usurping Ferrari midway through last season and a run of 13 victories since last term's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has beaten McLaren's 1988 tally of 11 consecutive wins as the sport's benchmark.

Max Verstappen's command over the rest of the field has seen the Dutchman rarely troubled, securing all but two wins this year and often defeating rivals by sizeable margins.

The margin of victory to teammate Sergio Perez at the Belgian Grand Prix was 22 seconds whilst the first non-Red Bull driver Charles Leclerc followed home over half a minute down on Verstappen and Fernando Alonso was 56 seconds adrift in fifth.

But insisting the result was not "disheartening", Krack explained: "It's a challenge, you see how far [ahead] they are and you also see how much work it is to try and keep up with them.

"It shows what a great car they have and what a great team they are."

We will try

Aston Martin has taken a step back from its early-season exploits where it had found itself the second-fastest constructor behind Red Bull.

But the Silverstone-based team had made the biggest leap in performance through winter development and has only been overshadowed by McLaren's recent jump up the pecking order.

Asked if Red Bull could be caught within the next 12 months, Krack told media including RacingNews365: "We will try.

"It shows that with less wind tunnel time, it is possible.

"Everybody has to look at themselves and try to put their processes correctly in place to do as good a job or maybe even better than they do."


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